Russian swimmers complete eco-relay across Lake Baikal | AFP

A group of Russians complete an icy swim across Lake Baikal in Siberia in an effort to draw attention to ecological threats facing the world’s largest freshwater lake.

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Puppy found in permafrost believed to be 18,000 years old

Scientists in Russia display a puppy found preserved in permafrost in eastern Siberia believed to be 18,000 years old. It was found remarkably well-preserved with fur, teeth and even whiskers. Radiocarbon dating was carried out by Swedish scientists. (Dec. 2)

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19 killed as bus plunges onto frozen river in Russia | AFP

Emergency responders work on the site where a passenger bus has plunged off a bridge onto a frozen river in Siberia on Sunday, killing 19 of the more than 40 people on board, authorities said. IMAGES

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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings | AFP

Russia launches the world’s first floating nuclear reactor, sending it on an epic journey across the Arctic, despite environmentalists warning of a “Chernobyl on ice.” Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov left the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to Pevek in northeastern Siberia. of the launch

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Russia raids rehab centre where addicts ‘handcuffed to beds’ | AFP

Law enforcement raid an illegal rehab center in Siberia where “patients”, drug addicts or alcoholics, were forcibly detained, handcuffed to their beds and severely beaten into abandoning their addiction.

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Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies | AFP

An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

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Russia is digging permafrost in search of diamonds | AFP

Diamonds are forever, and so is the permanently frozen ground of Yakutia in north eastern Siberia, home to huge diamond deposits that ensure Russia’s supremacy as the world’s leading diamond producer.

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